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Imperfect Phonogram Alphabet

$12.50 USD

These are just like our first quality cards except there is a slight production error that made us judge them as second quality. The error may be that the colors are s...
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Imperfect Popular Musical Instruments Matching

$13.95 USD $7.95 USD

Bring on your favorite tunes and use these cards to help children learn about the instruments they hear... from guitar to harmonica, this set has it all! Matching for...
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Imperfect Tools Matching

$13.95 USD $7.95 USD

These are just like our first quality cards except there is a slight production error that made us judge it as second quality. The error may be that the colors are sl...
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Imperfect Geography: Series 1

$8.50 USD

These are just like our first quality cards except there is a slight production error that made us judge it as second quality. The error may be that the colors are sli...
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Imperfect Clothing 3-Part Reading

$19.95 USD $11.00 USD

These are just like our first quality cards except there is a slight production error that made us judge them as second quality. The error may be that the colors are s...
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Imperfect Garden Flowers 3-Part Reading

$11.00 USD

These are just like our first quality cards except there is a slight production error that made us judge them as second quality. The error may be that the colors are ...
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Imperfect: Parts of the Tree Book

$13.95 USD $7.95 USD

This is just like our first quality book except there is a slight production error that made us judge it as second quality. The error may be that the colors are sligh...
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Imperfect Orchestral Musical Instruments Matching

$13.95 USD $7.95 USD

This packet is just like our first quality cards except there is a slight production error that made us judge it as second quality. The error may be that the colors ar...
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Imperfect: Parts of the Horse Book

$13.95 USD $7.95 USD

This is just like our first quality book except there is a slight production error that made us judge it as second quality. The error may be that the colors are sligh...
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Imperfect Sports Equipment Matching

$13.95 USD $7.95 USD

These are just like our first quality cards except there is a slight production error that made us judge it as second quality. The error may be that the colors are sl...
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Imperfect Garden Flowers Matching

$13.95 USD $7.95 USD

These are just like our first quality cards except there is a slight production error that made us judge it as second quality. The error may be that the colors are sl...
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Imperfect Multiplication Equations

$2.50 USD

Select laminated or unlaminated (subject to availability) from the drop-down menu. This packet is just like our first quality cards except there is a slight productio...
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Imperfect Wildflowers Matching

$13.95 USD $7.95 USD

These are just like our first quality cards except there is a slight production error that made us judge it as second quality. The error may be that the colors are sl...
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Imperfect Around the House Matching

$13.95 USD $7.95 USD

Our discounted/seconds materials are have not passed our strict quality control process (seconds stands for second-quality). Many teachers can't find the error but we...
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Imperfect Insects Matching

$13.95 USD $7.95 USD

These are just like our first quality cards except there is a slight production error that made us judge it as second quality. The error may be that the colors are sl...
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Imperfect Geography: Series 2

$8.50 USD

These are just like our first quality cards except there is a slight production error that made us judge it as second quality. The error may be that the colors are sl...
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Imperfect Land & Water 1: 3-Part Reading

$11.00 USD

Select laminated or unlaminated (subject to availability) from the drop-down menu. These are just like our first quality cards except there is a slight production erro...
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Imperfect Parts of the Fish 3-Part Reading

$11.00 USD

Select laminated or unlaminated (subject to availability) from the drop-down menu. These are just like our first quality cards except there is a slight productio...
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Imperfect Birds Matching

$13.95 USD $7.95 USD

This packet is just like our first quality cards except there is a slight production error that made us judge it as second quality. The error may be that the colors ar...
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Imperfect Phonetic Level 2E

$12.95 USD $6.75 USD

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This packet is just like our first quality cards except there is a slight production error that made us judge it as second quality. The error may be that the colors a...
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3-Part Classified Reading Cards

Fruit 3-Part Reading

$19.95 USD

Eat these right up! Children love to work with their favorite foods. Each image shows the fruit's exterior and interior to display the reason it is the type of fruit i...
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Land & Water 1 3-Part Reading

$19.95 USD

Bring your land & water forms to real-life with these beautiful photos. No more brown and blue line drawings! Now you can use real locations to clearly depict the ...
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Vegetables 3-Part Reading

$6.50 USD

Leaves, roots, flowers, and shoots... we eat 'em all! Learn about the key types of edible plants and then have some fun preparing them for lunch. Spark their interest ...
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Transportation 3-Part Reading

$19.95 USD

There is at least one child you know who goes gaga over everything that has wheels. Use these cards to turn that interest into great work. 3-part format includes phot...
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Clothing 3-Part Reading

$6.50 USD

One of the best Montessori teachers I ever observed kept a child-sized suitcase in her room full of children's clothing. She used it to give lessons on vocabulary, fol...
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Insects 3-Part Reading

$6.50 USD

Now don’t get grossed out, children go gaga over our insect cards. This packet contains the perfect variety of bugs to rouse curiosity and help children understand wha...
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Farm Animals (Adult) 3-Part Reading

$19.95 USD

These are some of the most common farm animals in North America...that's right, the bison is numerous once again but now on farmland instead of wild prairie. Use these...
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Around the House 3-Part Reading

$6.50 USD

Come home to these great object cards. Just like visiting your neighbor, these cards feature common items and furniture you'll find in your average home. It's amazing ...
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Reptiles 3-Part Reading

$6.50 USD

I used to wonder how people got attached to reptiles they kept as pets until my brother got a bearded dragon and my son captured a garter snake…now I’m in love! The cl...
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In the Kitchen 3-Part Reading

$6.50 USD

Little ones can touch everything in this kitchen... and that's just what they want to do! Give them a chance to explore the kitchen unfettered; they won't even notice ...
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Around Town 3-Part Reading

$6.50 USD

Go for a walk and then use these cards to talk about the things you saw. This packet is a wonderful way to bring the child's out of school life alive in the classroo...
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Weather 3-Part Reading

$19.95 USD

Common core standards require us to teach the children about the weather... well, why limit yourself? Talk about weather events while simultaneously laying the foundat...
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Orchestral Musical Instruments 3-Part Reading

$6.50 USD

Put on some classical CDs and pull out these cards. This packet includes representative instruments from the orchestra: brass, wind, strings, and percussion. Use these...
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Pets 3-Part Reading

$6.50 USD

These guys are so cute you'll be stopping at the shelter on your way home ready to adopt one for yourself. Kids love animals and this set lets them check out a wide ra...
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Sports Equipment 3-Part Reading

$6.50 USD

Basketball and hoop, baseball, bat, and glove, and more. Put these photos together to show off the children's favorite sports. 3-part format includes photos, labels...
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Garden Flowers 3-Part Reading

$19.95 USD

You can almost smell these lovelies. Take a stroll through this cottage garden and see your favorite specimens... then bring them right in for some flower arranging fu...
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Birds 3-Part Reading

$19.95 USD

Grab a cup of tea and look at your window to see these beauties. They might grace your bird feeder or greet you at the park. With these cards, you can look as long as ...
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Butterflies 3-Part Reading

$6.50 USD

Remember the wonder of chasing butterflies on warm, sunny days? These cards let you get up close and personal with twelve beautiful species of North American butterfli...
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Fish 3-Part Reading

$6.50 USD

It's like having your own personal aquarium that you can spread out on the rug and truly explore. These cards show you that fish are not always what you expect...think...
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The Child's Tools 3-Part Reading

$6.50 USD

Many of these child-sized tools can be purchased from Montessori Services; we worked together with them to create this wonderful set. Just what you need to link your 3...
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Geography Cards

Geography: Series 1

$14.95 USD

Introduce children to the wondrous variety of landscape and life on Earth through these beautiful photos from around the world. To create an equitable and balanced vie...
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Geography: Series 2

$14.95 USD

Series Two continues on the foundation built in Series One and includes 10 parallel images for each continent (10 cards/packet; 70 images in the series) that broadly ...
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Geography: Series 3

$14.95 USD

Series Three continues on the foundation built in Series One and Series Two. Series Three includes 10 parallel images for each continent with permanent residents (10 ...
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Geography Folders

$12.95 USD

These folders coordinate perfectly with our Geography Cards. You'll want one folder for each continent. The set of 7 folders includes a print-out of each continent tha...
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Imperfect Geography: Series 1

$8.50 USD

These are just like our first quality cards except there is a slight production error that made us judge it as second quality. The error may be that the colors are sli...
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Imperfect Geography: Series 2

$8.50 USD

These are just like our first quality cards except there is a slight production error that made us judge it as second quality. The error may be that the colors are sl...
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Montessori Pedagogy Blog

Reopening Best Practices

Everyone is busy figuring out or enacting their pandemic reopening plan. I thought it would be helpful to post the things other early childhood schools are doing that work.

As I reached out to schools, I found a lot of ideas I hadn't thought of before; like using a hula hoop to help children maintain social distance when walking in line!

Thanks to Riverbend School in Natick, MA for letting us share their video of hula hoop distancing.

Of course, when you develop your own plan, you'll have to consider your licensing/state requirements. There is no one-size-fits-all way to 'pandemify' your school procedures. That's why we need a lot of ideas!

The following ideas are compiled from schools with an early childhood component in the US and France. Please add your own experiences in the comments below (including your location). Together we can compile the best practices that work in different situations (and with different licensing requirements). It takes a village!

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Face shields instead of masks for early childhood

This week, I have spoken with and heard from many teachers/school owners who are struggling with how to reopen school for fall (that's just a few weeks away in many states). Trying to sort through federal guidance from places like the CDC and State Education Departments is cumbersome, confusing, and leaves one with more questions than answers.

One big question is the use of face masks. Is it developmentally appropriate to use face masks in early childhood settings? Are face shields for young children and their caregivers a better option?

 

DuoKids face shield

Note: The photos are from Wish and DuoKids but many other child-size face shield vendors exist. According to the CDC, the face shield should extend from ear to ear and below the chin (CDC, June 28, 2020). You also want to test it yourself to make sure it doesn't create a visual challenge because of its curve.

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Developing the attention span via polishing

Parents often ask Montessori teachers why their children are cleaning the school. Children in Montessori early childhood classrooms are learning how to wash dishes, sweep the floor, dust, and even polish silver. Can't the school afford to hire their own cleaning staff?

The answer has nothing to do with keeping the classroom clean. In fact, teachers often have to go back after school and "re-clean" what the children have cleaned. The reason we teach them these "practical life" activities is all about aiding the child's development.

A mom I know on Instagram (big shout out to @montessoriinmotion) posted a video of her daughter that illustrates some of the benefits of practical life activities. It's just over one-minute long and is so rich in things to notice that I asked her permission to write about it here. Watch the video on your own first and then read on (and yes, she is sporting the matching Maitri Learning blue flower apron and mat).

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